SWIMMING POOL SAFETY TIPS

SWIMMING POOL SAFETY IS A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY YOUR SUMMER.

• Maintain secure fencing and a locked entrance around the pool and deck area to prevent access when adequate supervision is  not available.
• Swimming lessons for children are inexpensive and available at many places including YMCAs, private swim clubs and even at some health clubs.
• Make sure there is adequate lifesaving equipment in the pool area, including life preservers and a rescue hook.
• Keep chemicals safely stored away from the pool area. Follow all storage and usage instructions recommended by the manufacturer.
• Never leave a child unattended in the water or pool area. Adult supervision is a must.
• Inspect the liner periodically. Rips and tears can appear undetected at the top of the lining.
• Check for signs of wear and tear in areas where pipes or other items may have penetrated the liner (e.g., skimmers, hoses, etc.).
• For above ground pools, check metal supports for rust or deterioration. These may indicate areas where the pool could rupture or a person could be injured.
• Check the deck for safety hazards (e.g., protruding nails, loose boards, etc.).
• Keep your pool maintained and seasonably prepped. Be sure to lower the water level and keep the pool covered in the winter months.
• Install an audible pool alarm to alert you if someone falls into the pool while it is unattended.
• Set and enforce safety rules with your children, ex: no running on the deck or rough play.

Posted on: May 23rd, 2011 at 5:05pm by Bob McKeighan. Filed under: Uncategorized
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